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Immigration

I-9 audits on the rise: What employers can expect from ICE inspectors

11/14/2018
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is ramping up its efforts to ensure everyone who works in the United States is authorized to do so. Audits of employers’ I-9 records are ICE’s primary compliance tool.

Visa sponsorship isn’t an employment contract

11/14/2018
By sponsoring a visa application, an employer helps secure an employee’s right to work in the United States. But doing so doesn’t necessarily create any obligation to employ the worker for a set period of time.

Midterms to affect employment law landscape

11/08/2018
Two years of Republican control of Washington ended Nov. 6 with Democrats seizing control of the House of Representatives. That gives Democrats some say on setting the legislative agenda, including employment law issues.

DOL want more information from employers using H-1B visa workers

11/06/2018
An updated Labor Condition Application form will require employers to provide more detailed information about H-1B worker employment conditions.

Canada moving aggressively to poach foreign tech talent

10/10/2018
As the Trump administration cracks down on the H1-B visas that bring thousands of high-tech workers to Silicon Valley each year, Canada is rolling out the welcome mat.

California’s immigration law partly halted, notice provisions remain

08/27/2018
A federal district judge in California has issued a preliminary injunction preventing the state from enforcing certain provisions of Assembly Bill 450, a statute that, among other things, prohibits private employers from cooperating with federal immigration enforcement agencies in the absence of a judicial warrant or a subpoena.

Fear of ICE raids no excuse for discrimination

08/27/2018
Refusing to hire workers because of a perception that they might be undocumented may backfire badly.

H-1B visa denials have become more common since Trump took office

08/21/2018
H-1B visas are harder to obtain since President Trump took office, according to an analysis of government data by the National Foundation for American Policy, a Washington think tank.

ICE shatters last year’s mark for serving I-9 audit notices

07/31/2018
By July 20, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had already served more than 5,200 I-9 audit notices to employers across the country, a dramatic increase over last year’s total, when 1,360 I-9 audits were conducted.

Bay-area IT firm agrees to H-1B visa settlement

07/30/2018
Cloudwick Technologies in Alameda County has settled allegations by the U.S. Department of Labor that it violated H-1B visa requirements when it paid workers much less than the law requires.